Vol. 2, No. 1 Session 1

Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 17 May 2000



Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.


The meeting opened at 10.00 am.


1. Time for Reflection: Mr S L Gajree, President of the Hindu Mandir, Glasgow, led Time for Reflection.


2. Glasgow Regeneration: The Minister for Communities moved S1M-858—That the Parliament endorses the wide-ranging action being taken by the Scottish Executive to ensure that all of the key agencies work together with the citizens of Glasgow to tackle the deep-rooted challenges facing the city; recognises the excellent work being done by the key players who form the Glasgow Alliance and the role they have to play in tackling these challenges and notes the part the Scottish Executive has played in supporting the significant developments which will prepare Glasgow’s economy, housing, education provision and hospitals for the 21st century.


Mr Kenneth Gibson moved amendment S1M-858.1 to motion S1M-858—


Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes the activities being undertaken by the Executive with regard to regeneration in Glasgow; congratulates the key agencies, organisations and citizens involved in regenerating the city; recognises that despite these efforts levels of poverty, sickness and unemployment far exceed the Scottish and UK averages, and agrees that the Scottish Executive should undertake a comprehensive review of regeneration policy in Glasgow with specific regard to stimulation of employment demand, examination of the successes and failures of the past and analysis of thriving models of urban renewal elsewhere."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 46, Against 59, Abstentions 0).


Bill Aitken moved amendment S1M-858.2 to motion S1M-858—

Leave out from "endorses" to end and insert—

"notes with grave concern the levels of unemployment, education failure, serious health problems and population loss affecting the city of Glasgow; recognises that these are testament to the failure of the Labour local authorities to address these problems over two generations; further notes that the response of the Labour Government and the Scottish Executive has to date been inadequate to deal with these problems; asks the Executive to address these problems in Glasgow as a matter of urgency; requests that the Executive specifically notes the failure of the existing local government system to cope adequately with Glasgow’s problems; urges the Executive to institute appropriate steps to allow for a democratically and directly elected Lord Provost for the city with an executive role; further urges the Executive to appoint a Minister, from within its Ministerial team, with specific responsibility for Glasgow whose remit would include liaison with departmental ministers, the newly elected Provost, the city council and all agencies connected with the regeneration of Glasgow, and believes that the Parliament should set up a Committee, comprising all Glasgow Members, to oversee the performance of that Minister, thus ensuring that Glasgow’s problems receive the attention which they not only deserve but are necessary to ensure the city’s future."

After debate, the amendment was disagreed to ((DT) by division: For 16, Against 62, Abstentions 28).


The motion was then agreed to ((DT) by division: For 59, Against 17, Abstentions 29).


3. Ministerial Statement: The Minister for Rural Affairs made a statement on the Agricultural Holdings White Paper.


4. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on item 2 as noted above.


5. Epilepsy: The Parliament debated S1M-599 in the name of Mike Watson—That the Parliament recognises the valuable work of the Glasgow based Epilepsy Association of Scotland, notes that approximately one in 130 of the population has epilepsy and agrees that an appropriate level of health care throughout Scotland for people with epilepsy is a matter of priority.


The meeting closed at 5.44 pm.

P E Grice

Clerk of the Parliament

17 May 2000



(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)


Subordinate Legislation


Not Subject to any Parliamentary Procedure


The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 12 May 2000 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure


The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.9) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/137)

laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985


Other Documents


The following documents were laid before the Parliament on 17 May 2000 and are not subject to any Parliamentary procedure—


Scottish Law Commission Report on Jurisdictions Under the Agricultural Holding (Scotland) Acts (SP Paper 50)

laid under the Law Commission Act 1965


Agricultural Holdings Proposals for Legislation (SP Paper 51)


Horticultural Development Council Annual Report and Accounts 1997-98 (SP Paper 60)

laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947


Committee Reports


The following Report was published on 15 May 2000

Transport and the Environment Committee, 6th Report, 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 123)